Are you one of those people who turn to God last after they have tried everything they could and failed? Or do you trust Him from the start and let Him provide all you need?
That’s what we usually do right? We try to fight our battles and get the victory through our own strength and might, we use all our connections until we have nothing left to fall back on. That’s when we finally turn to God, who is our provider, our great ‘I AM’, He is to us whatever we need Him to be. The Lord, who is our refuge and strength, a very present help in time of need. And we question why He isn’t providing for us, when we never truly trusted Him for provision in the first place.
The people will declare, “The Lord is the source of all my righteousness and strength.” And all who were angry with him will come to him and be ashamed.Isaiah 45 : 24
Zimbabwe is, right now, not an easy place to live in, it has not been an easy place to live in for a while now. Or maybe I should say my life, in particular, hasn’t been all that smooth sailing for a long time now. But I know that for some people they have been living their best life. Not a lot, but some.
But right now, everyone is probably feeling this situation.
Prices have gone crazy, there is no water in most of Harare, and ZESA is playing a game of peekaboo.
Before when there was no water, you knew you could look for water at the some of the churches who were supporting their communities, or you could get some from a relative or a friend with a borehole at their house. But now, with no electricity, what we supposed to do?
And when it comes to cooking, paraffin is nowhere to be found, and gas is so expensive that most people would now rather risk smelling like smoke all day, every-day, because remember, there is hardly any water to keep everything washed clean.
And the question is, as Christians, where are we keeping our eyes? Are we maybe looking at the government? The connections we have? Or we focused on the demand before us and speaking of lack, poverty and of ‘imminent death’? If death and life are in the power of the tongue, should we as Christians be speaking death, demand and lack along with the rest of the country?
23 “And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. 24 Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full… 33 These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you [f]will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”John 16
The Lord Jesus Christ said that we would have troubles, but not to fear because He has overcome the world. And in Psalm 34: 17-19, the word says that the righteous shall have many afflictions but the Lord delivers him from them all. It says that the Lord is attentive to their cry, and delivers them from all their troubles. Instead of complaining and confessing death, instead of focusing on the demand, let us look to Jesus and ask the Father for whatever we need.
In Isaiah 45:14-25, it talks about there being no other Savior, but the one true God, and that in Him we have righteousness and strength. That means in Him we have the promises for the righteous and the strength to overcome all the challenges we face in the world.
Things are really bad right now, there is no denying that, but I am hoping that this post would be an encouragement to all the children of God who might be reading this. The bible says that we should exalt one another, and encourage each other in the word. I encourage you to trust in the Lord and keep your hope in Him.
31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?Romans 8:32
In Him, you have all the provision and strength you need to get through whatever you may be going through. Trust His heart of love for you, that He who did not withhold His only Son, but gave Him up for us all, will not withhold from you whatever you may need. Do not look to man, all man will ever do at the end of the day is to disappoint you.
Let us keep our eyes on the Lord.
7 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,Jeremiah 17
And whose hope is the Lord.
8 For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters,
Which spreads out its roots by the river,
And will not [c]fear when heat comes;
But its leaf will be green,
And will not be anxious in the year of drought,
Nor will cease from yielding fruit.
In Jeremiah 17, it is written that blessed is the man trusts in the Lord, whose hope is in the Lord, for He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water and will bear fruit even in times of drought. I can definitely say that right now we are going through the fire with all that is happening, but our hope should be in the Lord.
(Numbers 21: 8-9) When the children of Israel were bitten by snakes in the desert, they cried out for the snakes to be removed, but they needed more than that for those who were been bitten to survive. God instructed Moses to put a bronze serpent on the cross, which represents Jesus’ being judged on the cross for us. When they looked at the cross, they were saved and were restored. Just by looking, I imagine that those who kept looking at their wounds died because the requirement was to look to the bronze serpent.
2 looking unto Jesus, the [a]author and [b]finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.Hebrews 12
Let us look to the Lord Jesus Christ and His finished work on the cross for us. For we know that though He was rich, the Lord Jesus Christ became poor for us that we might become rich. And as He is, the Beloved, Righteous, healthy, wealthy, and Holy heir of the God, at our Father’s right hand, so are we in this world.
Keep your eyes and hope on the Lord Jesus Christ, He is the same yesterday, today and forever, and as He fed the 5000, healed the sick and set free the oppressed, will meet you at the level of your need. Believe that all things are yours and you are not of this world, for as you have believed, it shall be done for you.
In whatever you do, go in the strength of the Lord, for the righteous will never be forsaken, nor will their children go hungry. And if you cannot say anything good, or speak favor upon your life, either keep quiet, or confess your righteousness in Christ instead, declare what you know He has done for you.
14 But I will hope continually,PSALM 71
And will praise You yet more and more.
15 My mouth shall tell of Your righteousness
And Your salvation all the day,
For I do not know their limits.
16 I will go in the strength of the Lord God;
I will make mention of Your righteousness, of Yours only.
Here is are a number of resources by Pastor Prince on how we should look to Jesus:
Look To Jesus And Live! | Joseph Prince
LOOK UNTO JESUS | Joseph Prince
DON’T LOOK TO YOUR FAITH, LOOK TO JESUS | Joseph Prince
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